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The Decemberists – I’ll Be Your Girl

(Rough Trade/ Capitol Records) 11 tracks / 43 mins There are plenty of songwriters covering the bizarre political climate across the States and Europe, but who uses black humour like The Decemberists? This one is like New Order making a … Continue reading

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Darlingside – Extralife

It is rare for me to be so instantly struck by a new album. After hearing about four songs (or maybe only four parts of songs) I was contacting the band for a press copy. It’s the reverb-drenched harmonies that … Continue reading

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Yvonne Lyon – Metanoia

(Yvonnelyonmusic.com) I nearly let a couple of bad first impressions put me off this album: I was underwhelmed by her support act to Iona a few years ago (although I may just have been impatient for the main act), and … Continue reading

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Steve Hackett– Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham

Given that this live album partly celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Genesis album Wind and Wuthering, it’s hard to think of a better title than Wuthering Nights, but there’s much about this package that is hard to beat: band, … Continue reading

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Cockburn, Bruce – Bone on Bone

(TrueNorth Records) When songwriters get past 70, I tend to look at the final song on their latest albums to see what musical words they might intentionally be signing off with.

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Jonny Lang – Signs

(Concord Records /Provogue Records) By any standard, Lang has had an extraordinary life. If the definition of making it big is being awarded a platinum disc, he made it big aged only 15. I’ll leave a moment for that to … Continue reading

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Wildwood Kin – Turning Tides

(Silvertone / Sony) While a female family trio that features flowing, flawless harmonies might suggest Haim, this band is completely different. Wildwood Kin are less poppy and more atmospheric. Opener “The Author” would have slotted seamlessly onto a Note for … Continue reading

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Broadchurch (Boxed set)

(RLJ Entertainment / Acorn) 19 hours, 50 minutes Region 2 It is no accident that Broadchurch has grabbed Britain’s attention and held it over a few years. This excellent show is all about brokenness among beauty and how a small … Continue reading

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Future of Forestry – Awakened to the Sound

(Sound Swan Records) If Eric Owyoung (who is FoF) is looking for soundtrack commissions, he could do worse than submit this collection, which mixes lush strings, oriental splashes and a dash of Isaiah. A year ago, he released an EP … Continue reading

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The Neal Morse Band: The Similitude of a Dream – the Best Christian Album to Come out in Decades?

After living with the Neal Morse Band’s The Similitude of a Dream for several weeks, I haven’t been as excited about an album release since… the band’s previous one. And that’s with some 70 reviews in between. No wonder that … Continue reading

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